Eelis Parssinen came into the final table of Event #2: $7,600 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty with the chip lead, and the Finnish poker pro never relented as he dragged in pot after pot en route to the title and $149,000 first-place prize.
Parssinen also collected twelve bounty chips throughout the two-day event, including three at the final table, which added another $30,000 to his overall prize.
Parssinen started the day winning ten of the first twelve hands at the final table, including eliminating Brain Rast in sixth place for $37,250 to collect nearly 65% of the chips in play, leaving the rest of the table only able to witness the onslaught.
Despite handing out three consecutive doubles to Sean Winter, Dylan Weisman, and Dustin Goldklang, Parssinen never dropped below ten million in chips and would shoot back up to nearly eleven million when he collected Weisman's bounty.
Weisman's turned two pair were no match for Parssinen's, rivered straight as the Upswing PLO Coach headed to the payout desk to collect $44,700 to go along with nine bounties for an additional $22,500.
Winter would be the net to hit the rail in fourth place for $59,600 when Goldklang made broadway on the river to collect the bounty and double through Parssinen simultaneously.
Goldklang may have found the double, but the momentum was short-lived as he found himself out the door in third place only a few hands later when Allan Le turned a flush against his turned two pair. A blank on the river left Goldklang heading to the payout desk to collect his $74,500 prize and nine bounty chips good for an additional $22,500.
With the elimination, Le pulled nearly dead even in chips with Parssinen, but Parssinen quickly rebuilt his chip lead on the first hand of heads up when he turned a full house and got paid on the river to build an almost three-to-one chip advantage.
Le managed to close the gap to a 1.5 to one chip disadvantage when he flopped quad kings to double, but once again, Parssinen quickly closed the door on the comeback.
The final hand of the tournament saw Le needing to fade 16 outs going into the river to keep his tournament hopes alive, but Parssinen rivered a flush to collect the final bounty of the tournament and send Le to the payout desk in second place for $104,300 to go along with the 11 bounties for an additional $27,500.
|2nd||Allan Le||United States||$104,300||104|
|3rd||Dustin Goldklang||United States||$74,500||75|
|4th||Sean Winter||United States||$59,600||60|
|5th||Dylan Weisman||United States||$44,700||45|
|6th||Brian Rast||United States||$37,250||37|
Event #2 in the second edition of the PGT PLO Series drew a total of 149 entrants, creating a prize pool of $1,177,500 with $2,500 of the $7,600 buy-in reserved for the players' bounties and paying the top 22 players.
Once again, it was a whos, whos of the poker world inside the PokerGo studio battling it out for the prize, this time with the bonus of the bounty for eliminating a player.
PGT regulars Daniel Negreanu, Alex Foxen, Alex Livingston, Chino Rheem, Anthony Zinno, and Event #1 runner-up Jim Collopy all found themselves out the door before the money bubble began on day one and could only watch from the sidelines as the rest of the tournament played out.
Ricardo Alvarado would be the unfortunate soul eliminated on the money bubble when his flopped straight draw fell to the flopped set of Parssinen, leaving him just shy of the cash.
Zachary Schwartz (21st), Fernando "JNandez" Habegger (17th), Vasil Medarov (9th), and Isaac Kempton (8th) all picked up their second cash of the series as the race for the player of the series is on. Still, only Schwartz cracks the top ten as he currently sits in 10th.
The rest of the top nine are all final tableists from the first two events. Parssinen climbed to the top of the leaderboard after finishing 16th in Event #1, which added to his points from the win, giving him 166 total points to sit just in front of Event #1 winner Matthew Wantman, who has 151 points.
However, with eight events still to come over the next week, it is truly anyone's game for the trophy and an additional $25,000 in added prize money.
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